Hello Friday! Link Roundup

Hey … happy Friday! This week went by fast, and I’m so glad the weekend is here.

I am also a very lucky lady, because our office has summer hours, which means my Fridays end at 3:00 pm for the rest of the summer. Today is the day our summer hours kick in, and I’m super excited!

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Resevoir in Central ParkCheck out that beautiful NYC sky! This is one of my favorite parts of
Central Park – the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

Here are a few things that caught my eye this week:

Make a garland of tissue tassels for your next party. The tassels add such a festive touch and are fun to make, too.

These tissue paper flowers would look great for a party, too!

HydrangeasI was tempted to snip some of these hydrangeas by an empty store in
my neighborhood, but somehow I restrained myself.

Serve this Warm Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta at your party.

What is better than a Golden Girls marathon on a lazy Saturday? No much, except maybe a Golden Girls marathon paired with Golden Girl cocktails.

This is so cool – how to make photographic prints on fabric!

subway selfieDon’t mind me … just attempting to make my commute pass more quickly by taking goofy selfies.

I want to try this DIY Scroll Style Picture Frame tutorial ASAP. I just need to find the perfect picture.

It’s been raining a lot lately, and I think it’s time to upgrade my boring black umbrella. Here is a great roundup of cute umbrellas – I want the striped one!

My feet need a little love, so I this post on three steps to pretty summer feet is timely.

Central Park BenchesAnother pretty spot in Central Park.

I love macaroons, so this Glazed Coconut Macaroon Bundt Cake caught my eye right away.

Cherries have been showing up in all the stores, and this Cherry Almond Galette looks delicious. It must be a sign.

I was inspired to recreate this cute, stylish ponytail, and it actually turned out pretty decent. And if you’re trying not to wash your hair everyday, it’s the perfect hairstyle for second day hair.

Selfie with Sock BunAnother great second day hairstyle. The sock bun is Hello Little Home approved!

My new favorite nail polish is Essie Sunday Funday – so cute and summery!

I had the opportunity to hear Joshua Foer speak this week about how he learned a new language in 22 hours. Pretty darn amazing!

If you are still looking for a gift for dad, don’t forget to check out my roundup of last minute Father’s Day gifts.

New York BrownstonesI love the beautiful old brownstones in my neighborhood!

That’s it for this week. I hope you have a great weekend!

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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and if you are anything like me, you’ve waited until the last minute to pick something up.

Don’t worry! I’ve rounded up some great ideas for you.

Last minute Father's Day gifts.

  1. For the dad who loves wine, you can’t go wrong with a great bottle. Gundlach-Bundschu (Gun Bun for short) is one of my favorite California wineries, and your dad will love their Cabernet Sauvignon. How About Orange even has a free Father’s Day bottle tag printable to dress up the bottle.
  2. A stylish dad will like an addition to his wardrobe that he might not buy for himself. Ray Ban Clubmasters are a classic. I actually saw Michael J. Fox in Central Park recently, and he was wearing Clubmasters. If MJF wears them, I’m pretty sure your dad will, too!
  3. If your dad is trying to get in shape, then he’ll appreciate the Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker. This tiny device clips on to his waistband and tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. He can even compete with his friends throughout the day!
  4. The music lover or dad who travels frequently would love a pair of Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones. These top-of-the-line headphones are the real deal, and what dad doesn’t like to tune everything out once in a while?
  5. For the beer lover whose always toyed with making his own brew, this Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit is perfect. The kits contains everything your dad needs to make a gallon of light-bodied Belgian Ale.
  6. If your dad is a whiskey drinker, get him these Dad Whiskey Stones, which are guaranteed to keep his drink cold without making it watery. And splash out and include a nice bottle of whiskey, too – this Redbreast 12 Year Old Whiskey is highly recommended.
  7. Sports lovers will get a kick out of a vintage style hat, like this Brooklyn Bushwicks Ballcap, which is an authentic reproduction of the 1935 cap worn by the team. Pick your dad’s favorite team and you’re all set.
  8. The dad who is still a kid at heart will enjoy this Desktop Ping Pong set. Turn any table into a game of ping pong with the kit and enjoy hours of fun!

What are you getting your dad for Father’s Day?

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Hello Friday! Link Roundup

Hey, friends! Happy Friday – we’ve almost made it through the work week.

My week went by quickly, although I kept thinking it was later in the week than it actually was. Does that ever happen to you? Kind of the worst!

lunch in Bryant Park with my husbandLunch in Bryant Park with my husband.

Anyway, here are some things that caught my eye this week.

These people live in a barn, and I have to say I am a bit jealous!

I am in a major breakfast rut. These Carrot Muffins with Coconut and Pineapple look like a great alternative to my usual.

Check out this pretty Lace-Braided Bun. My braiding skills are sub-par, so I’m not sure I could accomplish this, but one can aspire!

I know it’s not cool to eat carbs, but everything in moderation right? For the other bread lovers out there, I think you’ll enjoy it even more with a generous dose of this Tuscan Dipping Oil.

lunch at the New York Public LibraryAnother day, another lunch in the park – this time in front of the New York Public Library.

This print from SS Print Shop is a great reminder to focus on the good things in life.

I love this bar cart makeover. I’ve seen these kind of tables everywhere, including on the curb. Grab one and try your hand at this fun project.

I love fennel, which is why I can’t wait to try this Spinach and Carmelized Fennel Dip. Yum!

This stoneware crock from Ace is seriously affordable. You could definitely fool people into thinking it’s a pricey vintage version. I have a similar one that actually is vintage (it was handed down to me), and I use it to store kitchen utensils.

my vintage stoneware crockMy crock – love this thing!

If you are on the hunt for dresses, check out Ruche. A lot of the styles are a bit too feminine/girly for me, but they’ve got a ton of cute options.

Has anyone tried making homemade deodorant? I’m curious to try, but a little nervous to test drive it, if you know what I mean!

This Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad with Roasted Spiced Chickpeas looks like the perfect summer meal.

Have a great weekend!

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Simple, Stylish Summer Work Style

When I lived in San Francisco, the weather was consistently in the 50s and 60s year round. It was easy to get dressed, and my work “uniform” consisted of sweaters and some sort of bottom (usually pants to ward off the chill). I’m finding that doesn’t really work here in New York.

Thanks to the crazy humidity here, I pretty much gave up on sweaters about two months ago. I’ve been slowly reworking my wardrobe ever since, investing in lightweight tops, skirts, and pants. And I think I’m finally getting the hang of it!

Here are three outfits that I’ve found work well in hot, humid weather.

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For days when I need to look polished, I like to wear a pencil skirt with a tailored, light-weight top and clean-lined accessories. Simple and easy!

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My new office has a casual dress code, which means that jeans are the norm. I still like to look pulled together, so nothing torn or faded.

White jeans with a cute top and simple accessories makes a casual, but stylish look. On a really hot day, I would replace the jeans with a white skirt.

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Summer is the perfect time to have some fun with your work wardrobe!

Start with bright cotton pants and a loose silk blouse. Then add some pop with your accessories. Florals and stripes are a cheerful and easy way to mix prints, and I’m obsessed with this La Mer Wrap Watch! Finish off the look with a colorful stack of rings and bright earrings.

What is your favorite summer outfit?

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Happy Friday! Link Roundup

We are in the middle of a serious heat wave here in New York. Ninety degrees and it’s not even June yet (insert sad face).

Living in San Francisco for the past six years has made me seriously wimpy when it comes to temperature extremes. I’m determined to make the best of it though, so this week I rounded up some ideas to help keep you cool this summer.

Pretty Flowers in Our NeighborhoodPretty flowers in our neighborhood.

I’ve declared this the summer of the Tom Collins. Dress up your favorite drink with a festive cocktail stick.

Use up those summer veggies with one of these 38 awesome vegetarian grilling recipes!

Paint an old ladder and turn it into a plant shelf. Cute!

Uncomfortable Chuck TaylorsIs it just me, or are Chucks the most uncomfortable shoes? Good thing they are cute!

I can’t wait to try out my new ice cream maker (totally necessary in a tiny NYC kitchen, right?). This blueberry muffin ice cream recipe is at the top of my list.

I have an unhealthy affection for cheesy (literally and figuratively) Mexican restaurants. Mexican Unfried Ice Cream – need I say more?

Feeling crafty? Try making a pair of these DIY Marc Jacobs bracelets. They are guaranteed to perk up a basic shorts and t-shirt outfit.

Upper West Side Neighboring BuildingsI love these gorgeous buildings in my neighborhood. Fraternal twins!

I’m turning off my oven for the summer. Check out this roundup of 10 summer salads. The heirloom tomato salad looks delicious.

Celebrating a bride-to-be this summer? This sweet and summery berry themed bridal shower is so pretty! I love how they used berry boxes to hold the flowers.

OK, this sounds seriously amazing: Blood Orange and Moscato Float via Glitter Guide.

East River ParkwayWe took a walk along the East River last weekend. It was a gorgeous day!

What are your plans for the weekend?

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